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The Royal Oak started life as an 18th century coaching inn, and, through the years, has played host to some rather well-known literary figures.

It was here, enjoying its trademark warm hospitality, that Sir Walter Scott wrote part of his ‘Bridal of Triermain’ and other literary greats such as Lord Tennyson and Robert Louis Stevenson were frequent visitors too.

Today rated four gold AA stars; The Royal Oak is a characterful and charming place to stay, where every guest is met with a warm smile and a roaring fire.

Refuel with one of our hearty dishes. Always freshly prepared using trusted local suppliers.

Order a pint or two of our signature Thwaites cask ales, seasonal guest ales and Signature Range. Then there’s wine, cold and crisp or a glass of warm, fruity red. Tell stories and get cosy.

Head upstairs to our bedrooms. Genuinely brilliant. Spacious with a warmth and character that you would never find in a chain hotel.

And your doggie companions are always most welcome.

If you like what you’ve seen or experienced with us, why not explore some of our sister hotels and inns? We’re proud to be part of Daniel Thwaites - a wonderful collective of unique places to visit that are spread across Britain, from the Lakes down to the south coast. 

We’re all surprisingly different but united by our desire to offer superb hospitality in our fabulous properties.